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ers very poor rogues; upon my reputation and credit, and as I hope to live.
Inter. Shall I set down your answer so?
Ber. How and which way you will : all's one to him. What a past-saving save is this !
i Lord. You are deceiv'd, my lord; this is monsieur Parolles, the gallant militarist, (that was his own phrase) that had the whole theorique of war in the knot of his scarf, and the practice in the chape of his dagger.
2 Lord. I will never trust a man again, for keeping his sword clean ; nor believe he can have every thing in him, by wearing his apparel neatly.
Inter. Well, that's set down.
Par. Five or fix thousand horse, I said, I will say true, -or thereabouts, set down,-for I'll speak truth.
i Lord. He's very near the truth in this.
Ber. But Icon him no thanks for’t, in the nature he delivers it.
Par. Poor rogues, I pray you, say.
Par. I humbly thank you, sir: a truth's a truth, the rogues are marvellous poor.
Inter. Demand of bim, of what strength they are a-foot. What say you to that?
Par. By my troth, sir, if I were to live this present hour, I will tell true. Let me see: Spurio a hundred and fifty, Sebastian so many, Corambus so many, Jaques so many; Guiltian, Cosmo, Lodowick, and Gratii, two hundred fifty each: mine cwn company, 'Chitopher, Vaumond, Bentii, two hundred and fifty each : so that the mufter file, rotten and sound, upon my life, amounts not
con)-give. s live]--for die (through fright) to live but this, &ç.
to fifteen thousand poll; half of the which dare not shake the snow from off their caffocks, left they shake themselves to pieces.
Ber. What shall be done to him?
i Lord. Nothing, but let him have thanks. Demand of him my conditions, and what credit I have with the duke.
Inter. Well, that's set down. You fall demand of bim, whetber one captain Dumain be i'the camp, a Frenchman ; wbat bis reputation is with the duke, what bis valour, bonesty, and expertness in wars; or whether be thinks, it were not posfible with well-weigbing sums of gold to corrupt bim to a revolt. What say you to this? what do you know of it?
Par. I beseech you, let me answer to the particular of the interrogatories : Demand them singly.
Inter. Do you know this captain Dumain ?
Par. I know him : he was a botcher's 'prentice in Paris, from whence he was whip’d for getting the sheriff's fool with child; a dumb e innocent, that could not say him, nay.
(Dumain lifts up bis band in anger. Ber. Nay, by your leave, hold your hands; though I know, his brains are forfeit to the next tile chat falls.
Inter. Well, is this captain in the duke of Florence's Camp?
Per. Upon my knowledge, he is, and lousy.
i Lord. Nay, look not so upon me; we shall hear of your lordship anon.
Inter. What is his reputation with the duke?
Par. The duke knows him for no other but a poor officer of mine; and writ to me the other day, to turn him out o'the band : I think, I have his letter in my pocket.
Inter. Marry, we'll search.
Par. In good sadness, I do not know; either it is there, or it is upon a file, with the duke's other letters, in my tent.
caffocks, ]-horsemen's loole coats.
e innocent, ]-ideot.
Inter. Here 'tis ; here's a paper ; Shall I read it to you?
Par. That is not the duke's letter, fir ; that is an advertisement to a proper maid in Florence, one Diana, to take heed of the allurement of one count Rousillon, a foolish idle boy, but, for all that, very ruttish : I pray you, fir, put it up again.
Inter. Nay, I'll read it first, by your favour.
Par. My meaning in't, I proteft, was very honest in the behalf of the maid : for I knew the young count to be a dangerous and lascivious boy; who is a whale to virginity, and devours up all the fry it finds.
Ber. Damnable, both sides rogue !
Interpreter reads the letter.
After be scores, be never pays the score :
He ne'er pays after-debts, take it before ;
PAROLLES. Ber. He shall be whip'd through the army, with this rhime in his forehead.
Half won, is match well made; watch well and make it ; ]-is the season for a sure bargain-match, and well.
6 to mell with, boys are but to kiss :)—from meler to mingle, meddle with-not to kiss.
2 Lord. This is your devoted friend, sir, the manifold linguist, and the armipotent soldier.
Ber. I could endure any thing before but a cat, and now he's a cat to me.
Inter. I perceive, sir, by our general's looks, we shall be fain to hang you.
Par. My life, sir, in any case: not that I am afraid to die ; but that, my offences being many, I would repent out the remainder of nature : let me live, sir, in a dungeon, i'the stocks, or any where, so I may live.
Inter. We'll see what may be done, so you confess freely; therefore, once more to this captain Dumain : You have answer'd to his reputation with the duke, and to his valour; What is his honesty ?
Par. "He will steal, fir, an egg out of a cloister; for rapes
and ravishments he parallels Neffus. He professes no keeping of oaths ; in breaking them, he is stronger than Hercules. He will lie, sir, with such volubility, that you would think truth were a fool : drunkenness is his best virtue; for he will be swine-drunk; and in his Neep he does little harm, save to his bed-cloathes about him; but they know his conditions, and lay him in straw. I have but little more to say, fir, of his honesty: he has every thing that an honest man should not have ; what an honest man should have, he has nothing.
i Lord. I begin to love him for this.
Ber. For this description of thine honesty ? A pox upon him for me, he is more and more a cat.
Inter. What say you to his expertness in war?
Par. Faith, fir, he has led the drum before the English tragedians, - to belie him, I will not, - and more of his soldiership I know not; except, in that country, he had
h He will steal, for, an egg out of a cloister ;]— stoop to any petty fa. crilege ; rob the 'spital.
the honour to be the officer at a place there call’d Mileend, to instruct for the doubling of files: I would do the man what honour I can, but of this I am not certain.
i Lord. He hath out-villain'd villany so far, that the rarity redeems him.
Ber. A pox on him! he's a cat still.
Inter. His qualities being at this poor price, I need not to ask you, if gold will corrupt him to revolt.
Par. Sir, for a' quart d'ecu he will sell the fee-simple of his salvation, the inheritance of it ; and cut the intail from all remainders, and a perpetual succession for it perpetually.
Inter. What's his brother, the other captain Dumain? 2 Lord. Why does he ask him of me? Inter. What's he?
Par. E'en a crow of the same nest; not altogether fo great as the first in goodness, but greater a great deal in evil. He excels his brother for a coward, yet his brother is reputed one of the best that is: In a retreat he out-runs any lacquey; marry, in coming on he has the cramp.
Inter. If your life be faved, will you undertake to betray the Florentine?
Par. Ay, and the captain of his horse, count Rousillon.
Inter. I'll whisper with the general, and know his pleasure.
Par. I'll no more drumming; a plague of all drums! Only to seem to deserve well, and * to beguile the supposition of that lascivious young boy the count, have I run into this danger: Yet, who would have suspected an ambush where I was taken?
[-Aside. Inter. There is no remedy, sir, but you must die: the general says, you, that have so traiterously discovered the
quart d'ecu)-a quarter of a crown-piece.